MA Film and Television Production

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Faculty Faculty of Arts
Awards available MA
Programme length One year full-time
Part-time study available No, full-time only
Open to international students Yes
Number of places Not fixed
Start date September 2016

Programme overview

Drawing on over 40 years of leadership in the field, the Department of Film and Television has reviewed its MA provision for 2016/17 and has taken the decision to replace the MAs in Film and Television Studies and Film and Television Production with a single integrated MA programme in Film and Television. This new programme will combine the strengths of the two MA programmes and provide a greater synthesis of theoretical and practical study to reflect the strengths of the discipline at Bristol.

For further details, including the new programme structure, please see here

We are excited about this development, which will provide students with greater opportunities to mix theory and production, while working with a wider range of leading experts within the department of Film and Television at the University of Bristol.

Fees for 2016/17

Full time fees


Fees quoted are per annum and subject to annual increase.

Funding for 2016/17

Please see the Faculty of Arts funding pages for funding and studentship opportunities.

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Programme structure

The first semester develops the necessary skills and understanding for progression to the developmental work of the second semester, which in turn leads to the dissertation project.

Core Units

  • How Films and Television Programmes Work
  • Film and Television Production Technologies and Techniques
  • Writing and Directing for Film and Television
  • Producing and the Business of Film and Television
  • One or both of
  • Making Short Documentary
  • Making Short Fiction Film

Optional Units

Please note, optional units can vary each year but may include:

  • Screening Nations
  • Film Theory
  • Television Forms
  • Screen Histories
  • Screen Research Methods
  • Screen Style and Aesthetics
  • Supervised Individual Study


The dissertation normally has a large practical component, centred on the collaborative production of short fiction and documentary films for public exhibition. You are also required to submit individual critical work at a suitably advanced level, in the form of a written analysis. Other possible options for the dissertation are:

  • an extended research essay
  • an industrial placement leading to a written analysis
  • a practice-based project undertaken within a research paradigm and presented with a supporting discussion as a piece of research

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent). Evidence of commitment to (but not necessarily experience in) film and TV production. All applicants will be asked a set of questions as part of their online application.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Application method Online application form
English language requirements Profile C
Further information about English language requirements
Admissions statement Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.


Careers cover the full range of the film, tv, advertising, and New Media industries, as well as related fields. Alumni from the programme include prominent and award-winning producers, directors, cinematographers, editors and other film and TV roles, as well as executives in broadcasting and advertising, and senior academics in the UK and abroad.

International students

Find out more about becoming a student at Bristol, and the support we offer to international students.

I chose Bristol because of its outstanding academic reputation. It's reassuring to be taught by people who truly love their subject - their passion becomes contagious.


REF 2014 results

  • 34% of research is world-leading (4 star)
  • 50% of research is internationally excellent (3 star)
  • 15% of research is recognised internationally (2 star)
  • 1% of research is recognised nationally (1 star)

Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.

Get in touch

Postgraduate Admissions Phone: +44 (0) 117 331 8443 Email:

Faculty of Arts
University of Bristol
7 Woodland Road
Bristol BS8 1TB


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